Report: The Bruins-Canucks called about the availability of Luke Shinn. The Boston Bruins are absolutely rolling right now with a league-best 34-5-4 record, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make an upgrade or two before the March 3 NHL trade deadline.
Depth is very important in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Bruins have discovered that the hard way in some recent postseason runs.
The added depth on the blue line would be an ideal path for General Manager Don Sweeney to take over the next couple of weeks. One defenseman who could be available is Luke Chien of the Vancouver Canucks.
The Athletic’s Pierre LeBron reported Monday that the Bruins called up the Canucks to check in on Shin.
“I understand that the Bruins have already had a conversation with Vancouver about him, although this is the time of year when contenders invite a lot of teams to explore what’s out there and potential prices. Still…”
Shane is a defensive lineman who plays hockey with a strong, physical style. He can play any defensive position, including penalty kick, averaging 1:50 ice time per game for the Canucks (third most by team). Shinn doesn’t offer much offense, but he has racked up 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 43 games after scoring just 17 points in 66 games last season.
Shane would also bring a wealth of postseason experience. He has played 31 playoff games between four different teams. He won two Stanley Cup titles with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Veteran defensemen are always in high demand close to the trade deadline, so there should be plenty of teams that have some level of interest in Shane. Two of his former teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Lightning, would be a good fit for Shinn. Each of these two clubs could use another quality defensive player in the playoffs.
Schenn will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer and has a 2022-23 salary cap of just $850,000.